User Folder Group - Add to Navigation Pane in Windows 8

How to Add or Remove Your User Folder on Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove your User Folder as a separate group on the navigation pane of File Explorer in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


This will only add or remove your user profile folder (C:\Users\User-Name) as a separate group when Show all folders is unchecked. Your user profile folder will still always show when Show all folders is checked.

This tutorial is only applied to your (current) user account, and not all users.


EXAMPLE: User Profile Folder added to navigation pane
User_Folder_Navigation_Pane.jpg



Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.


2. To Add Your User Folder to Navigation Pane
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Add_User_Folder_to_Navigation_Pane.reg
download

3. To Remove Your User Folder from Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Remove_User_Folder_from_Navigation_Pane.reg
download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If open, close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


 

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drburdi

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Downloaded the user name removal file and ran it. I restarted and opened windows explorer with my user name still there under the desktop tree. Then I opened the file and it only has one line. No added option if one has 64-bit. I also tried to used your tutorial for windows 7 but could not get the permissions change to be accepted. So at a lost. Any suggestions?

I am running windows 8.1 pro 64-bit.
 

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drburdi

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Remove the checked "all folders" does remove the user name tree. However I had it checked to see the Recycle Bin, which I wanted since it is not visible under Desktop like in Win 7. Is there a way to get Recycle Bin to show without checking the "all folders" in navigation pane?
 

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drburdi

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Thank you for your help. Noticed that I have it on my desktop (I think it was a carry over from win 7 when I upgraded to win 8) but does not show up in win explorer when desktop is highlighted. Any thoughts on why it doesn't show up but is there?
 

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Nar, the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop is there by default in Windows 8/8.1 as well. You can turn it on/off at will though.
If you click on Desktop under the Favorites group in the navigation pane, you should see the Recycle Bin. This would be the Desktop shell folder.

If you like, drag the Recycle Bin on your desktop to the Favorites folder in the navigation pane until you see a "Create link in Favorites" message, and release it. You'll have Recycle Bin under Favorites.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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drburdi

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I already removed the Favorites so I dragged the desktop RC icon to the Desktop folder under my computer tree and created a shortcut. I think that will work for me.

Thank you again for your helpful quick response. Have a great day!
 

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You're welcome. I hope you have a good day as well. :)
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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